Skaters showoff sharp skills at annual show

Figure skaters laced up and hit the ice for the 41st annual skating carnival.
“A New York Minute” consisted of skaters from all levels, performing in front of a packed house.
From hip hop to Disney to disco and everything in between, skaters glided in the spotlight, showcasing their skills.
For some, this was their first time out in front of an audience. The beginners got a taste for performing, but wasn’t without a tumble or two.
“It’s just getting them across the ice that is the joy of it,” said Marny Twigge, vice-chair of the Hay River Figure Skating Club.

For the more experienced, the night was showcase of hours of work, skating four or five times a week.
“The higher levels practice a lot, four or five times in one week,” Twigge said.
Special guests Bryce and Cara Chudak, from Edmonton, also hit the ice to showcase their moves, after winning the bronze medal at the pre-novice level this year.
The night was deemed a success, not just by the applause, but by the amount of flowers left to throw on the ice.
“We ran out of flowers well very early, which is great, usually we have to give them away at the end,” Twigge said.